How the ash cloud stopped Robert Lewandowski signing for Blackburn

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Remember the ash cloud that hovered over the north of Europe in 2010? Well it didn’t just have the effect of crippling the Icelandic economy and downing hundreds of planes.

It also scuppered what might have been the footballing coup of the decade.

For had it not happened Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski could well have been a Blackburn Rovers player.

Apparently Sam Allardyce had bid £4.3m for the lanky goalscoring genius, a fee which Polish side Lech Poznan were happy with it.

Allardyce was due to hold talks with the player but the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud forced the cancellation of his flight.

Allardyce then bought Croatian Nikola Kalinic for around £6m and Lewandowski left for Germany.

Three years on and Rovers are just about going to keep their Championship status while Dortmund are almost certainly heading to Wembley for the Champions League final.

On a more serious note I really hope that Lewandowski stays with Dortmund and doesn’t move to Bayern Munich like his colleague Mario Gotze. Losing your star players to your deadliest rivals is one thing – but losing both is beyond belief.